Torrence Clelland, 15, from Rimbey was the catcher for the Zone 4 girls softball team who won gold at Alberta Summer Games in Grand Prairie July 19 - 22. She also was the catcher for Ponoka Little League U15 team that travelled to Kirkland, Washington to compete in the 2018 Junior League Softball World Series July 29 to Aug. 4. Treena Mielke Photo

Rimbey teen competes in Little League World Series

Teen softball player wins gold at Alberta Games

A young Rimbey softball player has enjoyed an extremely busy and successful season this summer, winning gold at the Summer Games with the Zone 4 team and then traveling with the Ponoka Little League to compete in the Junior League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Washington.

Torrence Clelland, a 15-year-old catcher has already proved herself as an up and coming ball player, and continues to excel at the sport.

She began playing when she was around seven-years of age and moved into her position behind the batter’s platewhen she was about 12 years-old.

She loves the game.

“Ball has always been in my life,” she said. “I remember going to my dad’s games when we were little. I’ve always loved it.”

In April, Clelland successfully made the Zone 4 16 and under team. The girls travelled to Grande Prairie for the Summer Games held July 19 to 22. The team won gold defeating Zone 5 in the gold medal game.

The game was a nail biter, going into extra innings.

Clelland said a player from her team made the winning run, sliding into home after the pitcher from the opposing team had thrown a wild pitch and the catcher missed the ball, running back to grab it and toss it to the pitcher in a futile attempt to put the runner out.

“She slid under the pitcher’s glove,” recalled Clelland. “When the umpire called her safe the entire dugout erupted in a loud cheer.”

On July 25, the Ponoka U15 Little League softball team traveled to Victoria, B.C. defeating host Victoria July 26 and qualifying for the right to represent Canada at the Little League World Series.

“We were shocked,” said Clelland. “It was the biggest tournament we had ever been to. We were really nervous. I just told myself, ‘okay, I’m really doing this.’”

The world series ran July 29 to Aug. 4.

Head coach Rob Clelland said it was very high calibre ball.

“It was amazing to watch,” he said.

The Ponoka team faced some tough competition playing teams from Canfield, Ohio, Redmond, Washington, West Tampa, Florida, Philippines and Puerto Rico.

They never made it on the winning side of the scoreboard at the world series, but the fact that they actually qualified for such a prestigious series certainly makes them overall winners anyway.

Coach Clelland is extremely proud of his team.

“They finished 10th in the world,” he said. “They are a great group of girls and I absolutely love coaching them.”

Meanwhile, his daughter, Torrence will hardly have time to catch her breath before she will be buckling on the catcher’s gear and trotting out to the field once again.

On Aug. 24 she will travel to Saskatoon, Sask. to try out for the 222s, a winter travel team. As a member of the 222s, she will travel to Saskatoon every other weekend in October, November, January and March and will also participate in four tournaments in California and Nevada.

Just Posted

William (Bill) Harris of Ponoka County reported missing

Rimbey RCMP seek public assistance in locating missing male

Rimbey Business Awards Banquet Oct. 18

Rimbey & District Chamber of Commerce present annual awards

Ponoka County fire crews handle second baler fire in 12 hours

Fire crews handled a baler fire just west of Gull Lake

WCPS uses cannabis legislation to fully review drug, alcohol and tobacco policies

Cannabis is not permitted in schools; WCPS focused on providing education and support

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

Alberta readies itself for cannabis sales with 17 stores (for now) and a new provincial website

Canada Post strikes leaves small shops in the lurch as holidays approach: CFIB

Rotating strikes began in Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax and Windsor

CFL playoff picture still muddled heading into weekend action

League revealed last week no fewer than 64 potential playoff permutations

New monitoring of vessel noise impact on endangered whales announced

Federal government to monitor underwater ship and mammal noise in B.C.’s Salish Sea

Three men charged in Alberta man’s murder will go straight to trial

The three men are charged with first degree murder in the death a 20-year-old from Alberta.

Liberals write off $6.3 billion in loans as part of money never to be collected

That includes student loans and a $2.6 billion write off that came through Export Development Canada

Trudeau, McKenna to announce compensation for federal carbon plan

Provinces that don’t have a carbon price of at least $20 per tonne of emissions will have Ottawa’s plan forced on them

Harry and Meghan travel in different style on Australia tour

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day seven of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis for sale

The online auction features 22 items from Hawking, including his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe, with the sale scheduled for 31 October and 8 November.

Most Read